Bulletstorm Catch-All

Having played the demo through, I think the whole skillpoints mechanic hinges on whether points is a good reward/incentive to the player. For some getting a good score and placing in a leaderboard or in comparison to friends is going to be fun, as someone who never plays scoring modes in games where it's present, it's not that much of a draw for me.

The whole skilful killing/combo system in the game itself seems to be a bit more effective than just shooting to cause damage, if your aim is just progressing through the game your objective would be to just find the fastest way to dispatch your enemies. I wonder how the game would feel if most of your enemies weren't just grunts, but tougher. The part where there's about 5/6 enemies are at the elevator shaft and have you at range, where it's less effective to snipe them is a little bit interesting, but then there's a single button you can press to resolve the situation.

Multiplayer could be fun, however it could just be learning the maps and the environmental dangers, I'm not sure how fun it would be to be on the receiving end of a move like the leash that takes away your control, or getting sniped with the grenade shackles. Instant kills are rarely fun when you're the victim, but multiplayer could be balanced to survive those as a player rather than a singleplayer grunt.

The Bulletstorm team makes a free PC game (Duty Calls) that's a parody of the Call of Duty series, but not a PC demo of their main attraction?

I'm don't really think Activision and their COD studios will really care, or at least until something challenges COD for sales, and I don't think Bulletstorm is that certain something. I don't think Bulletstorm will have the same staying power, in three months will it have the same staying power that the game they're parodying has? (hint, blops is still top on playtime)

As you said, perhaps they should be concentrating on their own game.

I guess I'm old fashioned, but my general rule of thumb is no demo, no sale. Now, obviously there can be exceptions to that rule. I might consider buying an interesting game without a demo anyway if everyone here is playing it, or if the impressions are overwhelmingly good. Bulletstorm seems like it could be interesting, but so far the impressions haven't "wow'd" me and without a demo, there's no chance I'll even consider it.

edit- or if it's really really cheap.

Duty Calls to too funny. But yes, they should be making a a PC demo!!

Are there many GFWL games that have a demo?

Played the 360 demo, it was fine. Currently sitting in the "rental or <$15 gamestop buy" a year from now category. I actually had issues with "sprint" set to the A-button. I don't know why, since that's how Gears does it, but it felt awkward in 1st person.

So, I finally got around to the demo and I liked it just as much as watching the GB Quick Look of the game. I hadn't really bought into the hype over the game because, well, the marketing turns me off, but the demo was stupid fun and the game looks and plays nice, so I enjoyed it. Reminded me a bit of the feeling I got from playing the Bayonetta demo ... though a whole heck of a lot less confusing.

Day one purchase? Hardly. Stupid fun doesn't warrant a day one from me generally, but is it on my radar for sales and whatnot? Hell yes.

syndicatedragon wrote:

The Bulletstorm team makes a free PC game (Duty Calls) that's a parody of the Call of Duty series, but not a PC demo of their main attraction?

That was wonderful.

Prederick wrote:
syndicatedragon wrote:

The Bulletstorm team makes a free PC game (Duty Calls) that's a parody of the Call of Duty series, but not a PC demo of their main attraction?

That was wonderful.

Took me longer to install it than to play through it.....but worth it nonetheless. I'm totally in favor of more advertisements like these.

Speedhuntr wrote:
Prederick wrote:
syndicatedragon wrote:

The Bulletstorm team makes a free PC game (Duty Calls) that's a parody of the Call of Duty series, but not a PC demo of their main attraction?

That was wonderful.

Took me longer to install it than to play through it.....but worth it nonetheless. I'm totally in favor of more advertisements like these.

BLOODY SCREEN!! SO REAL!!

I just watched the video that Joystiq posted, but I laughed my arse off throughout.

http://designreboot.blogspot.com/201...
Sums up my feelings towards Duty Calls well.

s a part of a campaign to promote the upcoming People Can Fly/Epic game Bulletstorm, we get the following elaborate send-up of Call of Duty games, Duty Calls. I thought it was funny. But who's really the butt of the joke here?

It is not my nature to be peevish or small about this kind of thing, but there's a kind of mean-spirited angle to the parody here that actively courts it.

Scratched wrote:

http://designreboot.blogspot.com/201...
Sums up my feelings towards Duty Calls well.

s a part of a campaign to promote the upcoming People Can Fly/Epic game Bulletstorm, we get the following elaborate send-up of Call of Duty games, Duty Calls. I thought it was funny. But who's really the butt of the joke here?

It is not my nature to be peevish or small about this kind of thing, but there's a kind of mean-spirited angle to the parody here that actively courts it.

I think he's fundamentally wrong that the Bulletstorm marketing or this pastiche are supposed to send the message that bulletstorm does any of these things differently. The marketing is "bulletstorm is KERRRAZZEEEE fun! so we're focusing on the fun bits unlike other FPSes". So I think his nitpicking is a bit pointless. And it's not the first time I've read a Gausswerks article and thought he was way off bat.

And the video also functions as an interesting critique if the genre as a whole. Saying "well bulletstorm or GoW don't/won't do it differently" misses the point. Why shouldn't we stop and consider what should or could be done differently? Why shouldn't we poke fun at the tropes that all these games leverage?

Oh, that site/forums is all about overthinking things, gauss admits so much in that post. I'd say all forums are a bit 'up themselves', but there are some great ideas and discussion about how aspects of games could be changed and improved.

As the video relates to Bulletstorm, it's gaining publicity and attention from prospective buyers, which it's achieved.

I thought this might be appropriate to post here.
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Now they're just getting dang predictable.

Speedhuntr wrote:

Now they're just getting dang predictable.

Fox goes on about "appropriateness" but just after the end of the article is a link to this image:

IMAGE(http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/articles/dan%20with%20balls.JPG)

Purveyors of filth, I condemn thee!

John Walker's response.

My favourite part:

A Ph.D. informs us that “9 year olds are playing games like Bulletstorm”, which is bloody unfair, as we’ve not even got review code yet.

And a follow up going into some of the details of Fox's selective quoting.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

And a follow up going into some of the details of Fox's selective quoting.

Too bad nobody who doesn't already think the article is crap will ever read this. All it serves to do is confirm what I already know, and make me angry and frustrated in the process.

RPS hands on. Sounds sweet.

The genius of the Skill Shot system is that it inflates every single enemy with the possibility to either reward or demean you, depending on how many points you get. Because the points do matter. In singleplayer they’re what allows you to buy new ammo, unlocks and alternate fire modes, and in multiplayer the points are the point, so to speak. They’re all you’re playing for.
imbiginjapan wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

And a follow up going into some of the details of Fox's selective quoting.

Too bad nobody who doesn't already think the article is crap will ever read this. All it serves to do is confirm what I already know, and make me angry and frustrated in the process.

This pretty much sums up a lot of "modern" life, doesn't it? Well, to be fair, it's probably always been that way.

Double post in order for me to say: Fox News got me to preorder. Worst game ever? Hell yeah!

I'm thinking FOX's objection has nothing to do with the game itself and more to do with the title. I mean, "Bulletstorm?" It's a perfectly generic violent video game title. Most other games you'd need to explain in detail what makes it so bad. But "Bulletstorm?" What else could that POSSIBLY be?

Maybe they should have picked Slaughterhouse.

If Fox just objected to the violence that would make sense, but their objection is that it would turn your child into a rapist.

In other news, Guys! Hands on! Sounds Awesome! Please let's leave Fox alone.

LobsterMobster wrote:

I'm thinking FOX's objection has nothing to do with the game itself and more to do with the title. I mean, "Bulletstorm?" It's a perfectly generic violent video game title. Most other games you'd need to explain in detail what makes it so bad. But "Bulletstorm?" What else could that POSSIBLY be?

Maybe they should have picked Slaughterhouse.

Fox missed a great opportunity with Splatterhouse. It even had exposed boobs, which as we all know are responsible for all wars, all sexual predation, are the secret reason behind 9-11 and are the cause of dandruff and the common cold. Maybe they saw the title Splatterhouse and just figured it was a game about throwing pies.

I was totally disinterested in Bulletstorm and now I kind of want it a little just because fox news told me not to.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

In other news, Guys! Hands on! Sounds Awesome! Please let's leave Fox alone.

Wow, that makes it sound like the demo I played for half an hour an got bored of was some other completely different game. What a sh*tty demo.

So, I read the hands on.

Damn. It.

I wanted to love this game, then I wanted to hate it, now I'm back to wanting to love it.

gains wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:

I'm thinking FOX's objection has nothing to do with the game itself and more to do with the title. I mean, "Bulletstorm?" It's a perfectly generic violent video game title. Most other games you'd need to explain in detail what makes it so bad. But "Bulletstorm?" What else could that POSSIBLY be?

Maybe they should have picked Slaughterhouse.

Fox missed a great opportunity with Splatterhouse. It even had exposed boobs, which as we all know are responsible for all wars, all sexual predation, are the secret reason behind 9-11 and are the cause of dandruff and the common cold. Maybe they saw the title Splatterhouse and just figured it was a game about throwing pies.

I was totally disinterested in Bulletstorm and now I kind of want it a little just because fox news told me not to.

Right, Splatterhouse, not Slaughterhouse. That's even better.